Brunch @ The Pear Tree

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One of my favourite things to do on the weekend, is roll out of bed, into my loafers and go in search of breakfast.



I love living so close to Wellfield road because I feel like we've got a bunch of the best places to eat in Cardiff. 

I had seen that The Pear Tree had launched a new brunch menu and they had asked if I wanted to go along to try. Brunch is an offer I could NEVER turn down.

First thing to note: When a place serves you coffee with minstrels on your spoon, you know it's going to be good.


Second thing to note: They have a pretty impressive selection of daily papers. There is nothing I love more than coffee and papers on the weekend. Naturally, I was straight on to the food pages.

Third and final thing to note: Their new Brunch menu is everything that you could dream of on a Saturday morning.


I went for the crushed avocado on sourdough toast with bacon and a poached egg. I often make this myself at home, but no matter where I am or what time of day it is, it's something I can't resist, and my goodness, The Pear Tree did it well. 


I feel like I go through the daily struggle of trying to make the perfect poached egg, it usually ends up looking like a sad, hard boiled egg or worse, a fried egg that has just come out of the bath (don't ask.) So these days I do a lot of my judging on the greatness of the poached egg.


Look at that... 10/10.

Ki had the Tree Breakfast, which we've both had before and when there is a potato cake and a big mushroom involved, it can do no wrong. 


I think this may be my new favourite brunch spot.

Thank you for having us and we will most definitely be back, as I  have heard some pretty good things about the tapas. I also spied a goats cheese & pear salad drizzled with honey on the lunch menu, doesn't that just sound pearfect?

xxx

Brother Thai @ The Depot

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Most weekends you will find me loosing my shit over food that is served in a cardboard box with a wooden fork.

BUT this isn't just any old food served in a cardboard box with a wooden fork...Say hello to Brother Thai.


After my fleeting visit to Thailand in April, I fell in love with the country and most of all its food. From the street food to top notch restaurant food, the flavor in each and every dish couldn't be faulted.

A week after returning with the biggest case of holiday blues, we headed to the Depot to find a new member of the street food crowd. I was sold.



I stood and watched as they made up one of most delicious curry's I have ever had, it almost made me cry into my rice for wanting to go back to Thailand so much.

After telling every person I knew about how fabulous it was, I couldn't resist when we went back on bank holiday Sunday. This time it was a chilli jam dish that was just incredible, I ate every last bit, chilli's and all.








So folks, if you are yet to head to the Depot, I would highly recommend giving these guys a go. It's proper Thai-dee food and it really is something special.




xxx

Perfect Porridge Challenge Part 3 - Berry Porridge

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I would say I am definitely a morning person. I say this because I find it extremely easy to get out of bed, when I know there is breakfast to be had.

This breakfast is a berry good one and is SO easy to make.

You will need:
  • Coconut milk 
  • Big handful of blueberries and raspberries
  • Goji berries
  • Chia seeds
  • Flahavans Oats
Alrighty, so heat your coconut milk and oats and throw a handful of blueberries in, let these simmer for about 5 minutes until the blueberries start to burst open. Give it a stir every now and then.


Once your oats are nice and creamy, pour them into your bowl and sprinkle the goji berries over the top.

Then put your raspberries and chia seeds on, in any old order you like. (The virgo in me loved this display...)


THEN you are ready to make it messy again. The blueberries give it a really sweet taste which is very complimentary to the creaminess of the coconut milk. Trust me, it is delicious and you will be smiling all the way until lunch time.


One tip: After eating, do not be alarmed when you look in the mirror and smile, chia seeds tend to stick in your teeth - Maybe this isn't one for your first breakfast together...
xxx

I love the Brizzle

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Ok, so I might have fallen a bit in love with Bristol. This is quite easy when there are brownies and burgers involved...

A perfect day for me is made up of gin, delicious food, sun and my favourite people, and when the words GIN O'CLOCK is mentioned, it couldn't get any better.




As we had a birthday in the house, a breakfast of cake and carby treats was mandatory, this was just the starter before the best bit...


Eat, Drink, Bristol, Fashion is a pop event, full to the brim with the west's finest traders. It was set in Queens Square, which was transformed into a tipi village, you could expect live music, a bar with beer and gin galore and delicious food, all as sustainable as ever.




I went for the sweet potato flatbread from Moorish, which was all my dreams in one doughy wrap. I also had MAJOR dish envy.





I washed it down with Hendrick's gin and finished with the worlds sexiest brownie.



My current and lifelong obsession is peanut butter, so this was an absolute must for me. It was everything that a brownie should be - fresh, gooey and nutty, and I am determined to find Dark Matters again because there was a pistachio one which had my name on it.



So if we hadn't eaten and drunk enough, a birthday means celebration, and what better way to celebrate than with prosecco and a burger?



Now I think that the sides that come with a burger are pretty important and these ones were the best yet, the chips come with pulled pork and cheese, melted all over the top and you have a sweetcorn fritter which was to die for. This was at The Bristologist, which had an impressive, experimental cocktail menu too. It is definitely one to try.


It was a fabulous evening made even better by these fabulous people.

And I tell you what else is fabulous - The Stock Exchange Bakery. As you can probably tell from my instagram feed/ lunchbox/ general life, is that avocado's is a staple part of my jadybrunch diet, so give me some thick cut sourdough bread, smashed avocado and poached eggs with coffee and I am the happiest egg of the bunch. This place was dreamy and I am definetly heading back on my next vist to Bristol.




Can it be cinnamon swirl Sunday everyday?

xxx


Perfect Porridge Challenge Part 2 - Coconutty Porridge

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Here's one for those who don't do dairy. 

All hail the coconut milk oats. I adore these because they taste so creamy and delicious. I started to cut back on dairy a couple of months ago and coconut milk was my savior. I tried soya, almond and oat milk, but was shocked by the amount of hidden sugar that was packed into the cartons and I wasn't a huge fan of the plasticy taste. In saying this, I am yet to make my own almond milk, as the idea of a raw, cacao, almond milkshake makes me feel a bit dizzy.

Don't be put off by the high fat content of coconut milk either, as long as it is in moderation then it is all good, like dem avocado's.


For the coconutty porridge you will need:

  • 1/4 tin of Full fat coconut milk & some water
  • Flahavan's oats
  • Cacao nibs
  • Fresh Rasberries
  • Shredded coconut
  • Almond Butter

I mix my coconut milk with some water so it lasts longer. I usually get about 4 bowls of porridge out of one tin. It is also amazing for making smoothies or curries, so I often use the remainder of my tin on this.

How to make the coconutty porridge:
  • Heat your milk, water and oats and let them simmer for around 5 minutes. 
  • After a couple of minutes, stir in your cacao nibs.
  • Get all your toppings ready and once all cooked, sprinkle your shredded coconut all over.
  • Add a great big spoonful of almond butter and finish with fresh raspberries (next time I'm going to try frozen ones)

All that is left to do then. is pour your tea and tuck in.

This is one of the simplest recipes ever and down to the cacao, almond butter and creaminess of the coconut milk, they feel deliciously naughty, but I promise they are nutritious and a fabulous way to start your day. 


Go Nuts and enjoy

xxx



Koh Samui, Thailand

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First of all, sorry to anyone who follows me on twitter or instagram and was victim to my over posting of coconuts and cocktails...but really, this is what the majority of my week looked like.




Did I mention that coconuts are great for rehydrating?...



Anyway, although the majority of my time was spent drinking gin fizz cocktails and eating fried rice, it was the best place ever, made even better by my family from all over who came along too.

My highlights were:


  • Feeding a baby elephant at Na Muang Waterfall. I have wanted to meet an elephant for as long as I remember, so I was super excited to finally meet one and feed it bananas.



  • Having a monkey groom me - Sorry mate you won't find any fleas in there...

  • The most amazing boat trip. Currently gracing the cover of Thai vogue, The Red Baron was my absolute favourite thing we did in Thailand. We snorkled in the bluest water, visited the most gorgeous, secluded beaches and munched on the best food. - If you go, you must take advantage of the breaded snapper fish and chilli sauce when they serve lunch.






  • Becoming friends with my nephew. If there is a baby around you will usually find me keeping my distance at all times. But I have some top tips if you are ever unfortunate enough to have to hold one: Show them the fishes and lobsters 'sleeping' on the bed of ice outside the restaurant...they just love it. If you are not around any fish, then any form of animal/running water/bright light should work just as well.
  • Discovering Chang and drinking alot of it...



  • Massages. Never underestimate the strength of a small Thai lady. Just think of a pretzel...that was me. She bent my body in ways I didn't think were possible. I lost count of the times my back clicked and I walked out of there feeling refreshed, stretched out and about 5 inches taller. I also had a foot scrub and a foot massage, which did wonderful things for my poor feet.
As you can see this did not do great things for ki's sunburn...

  • The Lamai Sunday Nightmarket. Thai people don't mess around when it comes to food. I'm used to the UK street food scene which is very tame and expensive compared to this. I will say one thing - Pork on a stick for 20p. What more can you ask for? I got a scrumptious chicken** stir fry from a little old man who constantly had a fag in his mouth and couldn't speak English. It cost me around £1.50 for my meal and a fresh coconut and it was so yummy. Imagine being able to say that in the UK?



  • Sending off wish lanterns on the beach. I think it was mine that plunged into the sea after about 5 minutes. It obviously couldn't handle my ambitious wish...



  • THE FOOD. I didn't have one meal here that I thought was OK. Everything I ate was incredible. Every meal was so different and delicious with so much flavour. I seemed to stick to a lot of dishes that were oozing with chilli, ginger, garlic and fish sauce. By the end of the week I had fried rice and chicken coming out of my ears and feel I am going to miss this all very much.



  • Lastly, realising that I have the most fabulous family and the most amazing week spent with them.




I am already planning my next visit to Thailand because I fell in love with how gorgeous and nuts it is. I had some serious holiday blues coming home, especially when I had to swap the flip flops for fluffy socks. 



Take me back to Koh Samui.

xxx
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